Chris Wolff is The Accountant. He has a form of high functioning autism that makes social interactions and difficult for him as well as causing him major issues when he isn’t able to finish things, but also gives him a brain that is pretty much supernatural in terms of dealing with certain tasks such as those involving analyzing numbers, which makes him a really good accountant. But that’s only half the story. His father was a US Military PSYOP officer, who rather than try to coddle him, took Chris and his brother on a journey, being taught combat and other skills by his connections all over the world. The end result came out to be someone who was not only a genius at accounting work, but also essentially a highly skilled special operations soldier. And hence, he began using both of these skills to do accounting work for those that are too shady for normal accounting firms to even touch, such as those seen as criminal or terrorist organizations by the US. Hence, he is under investigation by the Treasury Department, with a young woman named Medina hot on his trail.
This film felt a lot like a hodge podge of a lot of ideas that were never given enough time to really mean anything. There’s a duality between the action side and numbers side in terms of plot drivers, but neither really gets enough time it seems, especially the numbers side seeing as it is called The Accountant, but the action while having a few impressive scenes didn’t feel all that prominent either. There’s also a large number of relationships shown throughout the film, but they are mostly shown in a very weak manner. For example, the attempt at romance, if it can be called that, felt incredibly forced and random from beginning to end. The scene with the brothers at the end also felt rather awkward and not quite built up to enough in terms of the conflict between them. The relationships relating to their father was the one with the most depth, but even that felt like it had an abrupt end. On the other side, the dynamics between Ray and Medina also felt weak. The only one that felt right was the one that wasn’t really the focus at all, the callback to Justine. It felt like it was biting off way too much for it to chew through, and hence none of the relationships that needed time to be fleshed out felt all that solid.
Now despite all of this, Chris is a pretty amazing character. That, and the overall message about autism, though ridiculously exaggerated, definitely got through to some degree. While it was definitely trying to portray him as different, and did so in a number of ways that I don’t expect the audience to understand, there were also a number of scenes where his bluntness and different way of tackling problems felt incredibly refreshing, such as him just completely ignoring the cliche emotional spiel by the villain that generally ends up in an eye rolling pointless conversation. So I feel the core message definitely got through, I just think that the movie they wrapped it in was heavily flawed.
In terms of cinematography, acting, soundtrack, it was solid but not particularly memorable.
A movie with a unique main character and an interesting message that suffers from being overtly stuffed with too many plot elements.